The BR Masters Championships


By Sarah Watson

The British Rowing Masters Championships took place on Saturday, where crews travelled from across the country to compete at Holme pierpoint’s 1000 metre course at the National Watersports centre.

Several crews from Peterborough competed and did exceptionally well, coming away with one win and 4 second places.

Chris Elder and Damen Sanderson took home a win in the Open Masters A coxless pair after winning their final 5 seconds ahead of Worcester RowingClub.

Kate read was just 4 seconds short of a win in the Women’s Masters B singles, but she comfortably took 2nd place, 8 seconds ahead of Son of Thames in third.

Ian Davis and Pete Dolby also did well to secure second place, just 0.3 seconds ahead of Bewdley Rowing Club in the Open Masters F doubles final.

Ericha Knowles-Pardoe coxed the Masters E eight of Steve Tuck, Rob Dennis, Al Ryder, Jim Burt, Bruce Magretts, Jaish Mahan, Jack Ward, Keith Blackman to a second place finish, falling short of Bedford Star Rowing Club by just 5 seconds.

The remaining second place was from Ian Palmer in the Open Masters D singles, finishing his race 2 seconds ahead of Warwick boat club.

There were also two women’s doubles that rowed well in their finals, the Women’s Masters F double of Joan Heath and Anita Carter finished 3rd in their final, and the Women’s Masters B double of Gemma Singleton and Keeley Watson finished 5th in their A final.